Sunday, April 20th, 2014 - 6:49 AM

A farm road for Langabi

villagers-excited-to-see-excavators-to-take-off-farm-road-constructionGroundbreaking ceremony for Langabi farm road

Construction to begin only in June

Road: The groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the 11km Langabi farm road from Phowan road point to Tshenkhar gewog in Lhuntse was held yesterday.

The road is expected to benefit about 100 households in five villages. The villages are located about three hours from the Phowan road point.

The farm road construction will begin from June and it is expected to make farmers’ lives easier.

The construction of farm road [... Read More]

More tests required

IMG_2073Khariphu Mine (file photo)

Update: Thimphu dzongkhag will need some more days before they could conclude the investigations on the complaints made against Kuenphen Norden mine in Mewang gewog.

The investigation team led by the dzongrab submitted its report to the dzongda yesterday afternoon, but they were asked to conduct further soil tests.

Thimphu dzongda Lhab Dorji said the investigation team has done several tests including water sample testing but the soil test is necessary to validate the allegations.

The [... Read More]

Bhudur farmers go for onion cultivation after paddy

a-farmer-Choki-Wangchuk-shows-his-progressChoki Wangchuk shows his progress

Agriculture: The farmers of Bhudur in Lhuentse no longer leave their fields empty in winter after harvesting paddy. They grow onion because onion brings more income to the farmers.

Even as mandarin is the main cash crop grown by the farmers, decreasing mandarin yield has led the farmers to grow onion. The village has ‘onion group’. The dzongkhag’s agriculture sector and the Research and Development Centre in Wengkhar in Mongar helped farmers form the [... Read More]

Workforce and internet connectivity hurts IT park

IMG_20140404_143913The Thimphu Techpark at Wangchuktaba

Difficulty of finding tenants has left major shareholder Assetz  wanting to pull out 

Analysis: The Thimphu Techpark is not able to rope in as many tenants as initially envisioned because of the non-availability of the required workforce and connectivity problems.

This difficulty in finding tenants has most recently led to Assetz, a 70 percent shareholder of the park wanting to pull out of its joint venture with the government.

When the park was inaugurated two years [... Read More]

No visitors from Tawang at Gomphu kora

IMG_9378Vendors wait for customers at Gomphu kora

Tshechu coincides with general election in India

Festival: The Gomphu kora tshechu’s infinite charms were not able to draw any visitors from the neighbouring Indian district of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh this year.

With the tshechu, which began on April 7, coinciding with the general election in India, the popular visitors from Tawang, referred to as Dhaps, chose to stay home and take part in the election.

The tradition of dhaps attending the popular Gomphu Kora [... Read More]

26 households compensated in S/Jongkhar

st-picKezang Pelden receives her insurance claim at Dewathang gewog office

Windstorm: The Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan Ltd (RICBL) office in Samdrupjongkhar compensated the 26 villagers whose houses were affected by the March 21 windstorm.

In one of their quickest responses, the branch office had paid Nu 474,235 by March 31, ten days after the storm, to the affected people in five gewogs.

Martanga gewog, which suffered the most damage had 11 households affected. They received Nu 234,765. Dewathang gewog received Nu 105,415.

Phuentshothang gewog received [... Read More]

Man donates 25litres of blood in 30 years

20140408_120908Kesang Jigme

Health: If the blood bank at the Thimphu national referral hospital were a real bank, the hospital’s laboratory officer, Kesang Jigme would be the richest client.

The 49-year-old have so far deposited 50 units or about 25 litres of blood. Yesterday he was donating blood for the 50th time since he joined the hospital 29 years ago.

About twenty to thirty units of blood is required to treat patients at the referral hospital in the [... Read More]

Phojas set record

DSC_0355A Phoja guard goes for rebound

Basketball: Team Phoja set a new record by netting the highest point in a single game yesterday as they trounced Carabao 103:49.

The tournament already has a record of the highest number of teams with 32 teams participating in the tournament, which began on Monday. The tournament is also seeing an increased number of youth from schools and institutions.

Prize money has also been increased to Nu 40,000 for the winner and Nu 30,000 for [... Read More]

Mobile community launched in Paro

mcp-2Police chief brigadier Kipchu Namgyel and Paro dzongda Chencho Tshering launches the MCP

Policing: To deliver effective police services to communities, the Royal Bhutan Police on April 5 launched its mobile community policing (MCP) in Paro.

A team of police who will be available to respond to the needs of communities to prevent and detect crimes and maintain public order and safety with the launch of the MCP.

The team, police sources said, would involve the local communities.

“This way, we will extend our services to the larger communities [... Read More]

Wangdue commits to increase food production

IMG_0652Lyonchhoen interacts with LG officials after the signing

Signing: Wangduephodrang becomes the second dzongkhag to sign performance agreement with the Prime Minister to increase food products.

Like Thimphu, Wangdue agreed to produce 3,900 mt of paddy, 1,100 mt of wheat, 2,000 mt of vegetable and 1,650 metric tons of milk.

These were the pledges highlighted in the agreement dzongda Lhendup Wangchu signed with Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday.

Like the other performance agreements signed with ministries and Thimphu dzongkhag, Wangduephodrang dzongkhag’s performance agreement [... Read More]

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